What are the seven most important words to ask the Lord?
– What Do You Want Me To Do –
Number one attribute we need to please the Lord?
Charity is seeing ourselves and others the way God sees us. It’s putting God first. It is the first commandment. Love the Lord thy God with all of your heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. Remember, our ways are not His ways.
Seven most important words to please Satan?
– What Do I Want To Do Now –
Number one attribute to please Satan?
Pride is trusting ourselves more than God. It’s putting ourselves first. It is Satan’s first commandment. Love yourself with all your heart and lean upon your own understanding. Virtue can be “sin” if not sanctioned by the will of God.
The first sin was when Eve partook of the fruit of knowledge of Good and Evil by trusting in her own understanding and not doing the Lord’s will. Satan appealed to her pride, “You will not surely die, but shall be as the god’s, knowing good from evil.”
One of the greatest lessons we can learn in this life it to trust in the Lord. This is the very reason the Lord allows Satan to tempt us and to try us. We often think that we are somehow immune to Satan’s deception as we become more faithful. The very opposite is true. The Lord will allow Satan to have even greater access to our lives as we draw close to the Lord. The purpose is that we may discern between the Lord and the Adversary; between His will and the natural man.
As we grow in righteousness, we become more aware of truth. We see God’s goodness and discern when Satan is there. But, if we are too eager to be virtuous or serve God before asking, “What do you want me to do?” We may be deceived.
Each of us has had the experience of feeling impressed to help someone in need, or to do an act that seemed by all accounts to be virtuous, only to find that its result was disastrous. Why did the Lord allow it to happen? Why were we not warned? We said our prayers, we kept the commandments, but did we ask the most important question?
When the Savior was upon the Earth he dealt with the Adversary daily. He countered his temptations with truth and scripture. He prayed endlessly for the Father to guide Him in His actions. He invited us to follow His example.
As we grow stronger in the Lord we cannot become proud in our own understanding and strength.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Realizing that we are God’s servants, vested in armor and light; we cannot dive, flaming swords a-blazing, into the pit of Hell – without the Lord’s permission. Why? That is NOT charity.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
(1 Cor 13;4-7)
When the enemies combine against thee . . . and the very jaws of hell shall gape open their mouth after thee, know thou that these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.”
How can such things be for our good? Even Nephi prayed that his stumbling blocks be removed. In our “own understanding” we think we can make it all good; to remove all the pain and suffering; to make it all work out. But is that what the Lord wants?
Having Satan more involved in tempting us doesn’t mean that we are in more danger than others. (Unless of course we totally screw up.) It means that we will receive a greater portion of light as we systematically reject the Adversary. “For there must be an opposition in all things.”
(2 Ne 2:27)
If one truly desires to be a Servant of the Lord they must remember to ask:
What do you want me to do?
And then, with the fiery flames of eternal glory; with the armor of the Lord in full protection; with His word written upon the palms of your hands and forehead — you are prepared to battle the Adversary in His strength, to be a missionary or servant of the most High, even the strength of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both the quick and dead.